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Advisory – Certain vials of fertility drug Cetrotide recalled because of potential contamination

OTTAWA, ON, July 4, 2020 /CNW/ –

SummaryProducts: Cetrotide 0.25mg
Issue: One lot of Cetrotide 0.25mg is being recalled because some vials may have missing stoppers, which could make the product unsterile.
What to do: Check the lot number on your product or contact your pharmacist to determine whether your product is subject to this recall. If you have a recalled product, do not take the medication. Contact your healthcare provider as soon as possible to obtain a replacement and avoid any interruption to your treatment.

IssueHealth Canada is advising Canadians that EMD Serono, a Division of EMD Inc. Canada, is recalling one lot of Cetrotide 0.25mg because some vials may have missing stoppers, which could make the product unsterile.
Cetrotide is used in fertility treatment to help women get pregnant by stopping the body from releasing an egg from the ovary (ovulation) early so that it can be released at the best time for pregnancy to occur.
An unsterile product could introduce microorganisms when injected under the patient’s skin. This may result in a local infection, such as an abscess, or an infection of the skin and deeper underlying tissues (cellulitis). Some infections can be serious if they spread to the blood, bones, heart or other areas of the body.
In addition, some of the contents of the vial may have spilled out because of the missing stopper, so the patient may not receive the proper dose and the drug would not be as effective.
Health Canada will monitor the company’s recall and inform Canadians if new safety information becomes available.

Who is affectedPatients who are taking Cetrotide 0.25mg.
Affected product

Company

Product Name

DIN

Strength

Lot

Expiry

EMD Serono, a Division of EMD Inc. Canada

Cetrotide

02247766

0.25mg

8J025C

09/2020

What consumers should do

Check the lot number on your product or contact your pharmacist to determine whether your product is subject to this recall.
If you have a recalled product, do not take the medication and contact your healthcare provider to obtain a replacement product.
If you become aware of any unusual symptoms or side effects that may be associated with this product, contact your healthcare provider.
Report any health product-related adverse reactions or complaints to Health Canada.
If you have any questions regarding the recall, contact EMD Serono, a Division of EMD Inc. Canada: 1-800-387-8479
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Elon Musk denies Jeffrey Epstein toured SpaceX facilities

Elon Musk on Saturday denied that the late convicted sex offender and multimillionaire Jeffrey Epstein was given a tour of a SpaceX facility. 
A photo showed Musk with Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein’s alleged co-conspirator who was arrested on Thursday, raising questions about his relationship to Musk. 
In a statement to Vanity Fair last year, Musk distanced himself from Epstein, who he said was “obviously a creep.”  
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Elon Musk refuted rumors Saturday that the late sex offender Jeffrey Epstein toured his Space X facilities as a photo of Musk and Epstein’s alleged co-conspirator — the recently arrested Ghislaine Maxwell — continues to re-circulate on social media.
“To the best our knowledge, he never toured SpaceX,” Musk, the founder and CEO of SpaceX, tweeted Saturday. “Don’t know where that comes from.”
In response to the viral photo, which users have been sending to him on Twitter, the Te lsa CEO said he did not know Maxwell and that he attended the party, which was hosted by Vanity Fair in 2014, with his then-wife.

“Real question is why did VF invite her?” Musk tweeted.
“Ghislaine simply inserted herself behind him in a photo he was posing for without his knowledge,” a spokesperson told Business Insider about the photo in 2019 prior to its re-circulation as a result of her arrest. Photos of Maxwell and prominent figures — including President Donald Trump and former President Bill Clinton — have been widely shared amid her arrest.
On Thursday, the US Justice Department announced Maxwell was charged with enticing a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, conspiracy to entice a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, transporting a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, conspiracy to transport a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, and two counts of perjury. 
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Tweet Embed://twitter.com/mims/statuses/1279454938037252097?ref_src=twsrc%5EtfwTo the best our knowledge, he never toured SpaceX. Don’t know where that comes from.
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